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The Nude Bomb (1980)

PG | | Comedy, Crime, Mystery | 9 May 1980 (USA)
Maxwell Smart is recalled to duty to help fight a villian who threatens to detonate a weapon that destroys clothing.



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An unknown terrorist has developed a new type of bomb that will destroy clothing, but leave people unharmed. Agent Maxwell Smart (this time without 99 or Hymie) is taken out of retirement and sent back into the field to track down who this madman is and put a stop to his plans. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Release Date:

9 May 1980 (USA)  »

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The Return of Maxwell Smart  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

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Did You Know?


According to 'Get Smart' writer-producer Leonard Stern, the idea of a "nude bomb" was forced on the writers by the producers. The original idea by the writers - who also wrote the original series - was for the villain to want to control the world by dressing everyone in his designer clothes. The film was supposed to be titled 'The Return of Maxwell Smart' but the producers thought the new title would draw more viewers. Because of many disagreements, the writers were not allowed on the set. See more »


86's reflection momentarily disappears when one of his clones comes out of the cloning machine. See more »


Edith Von Secondberg: [to Max] You're quite witty.
Maxwell Smart: And charming.
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The opening credits are based on Don Adams/Maxwell Smart's catch phrase "Would you believe...?" The words literally form the backdrop of the action; at one point "Would you believe a movie called 'The Nude Bomb' could receive a PG rating?" appears; and after Max inadvertently blows up the bad guy, the words "Would you believe a helluva explosion?" appear on screen. See more »


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You're Always There
Sung by Merry Clayton
Lyrics by Don Black
Music by Lalo Schifrin
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Fun parody of the James Bond films, but where's Barbara Feldon?
15 February 2017 | by (Ohio/PA border) – See all my reviews

Released in 1980 and directed by Clive Donner, "The Nude Bomb" brings back Don Adams as the bumbling agent Maxwell Smart in this parody of spy flicks, mostly the 007 franchise. Andrea Howard plays his new assistant, Agent 22, while Vittorio Gassman is on hand as the villain, an ee-vil fashion designer who blackmails the clothes-wearing public with the threat of total nudity via a "Nude Bomb." Pamela Hensley and Sylvia Kristel play two other female agents. Rhonda Fleming is also on hand.

Coming out a decade after the demise of the Get Smart TV series that ran from 1965-1970, fans of the show tended to reject this movie version because it eliminated practically the entire peripheral cast and changed the good-guy organization from CONTROL to PITS, although it kept KAOS. The plot is just an excuse to string together as many mildly amusing silly gags as possible with the requisite low-budget set pieces and Bond-ian spoofs. The sequences include skydiving (Reminiscent of Roger Moore's stint as 007), exposition on secret agent weapons, a long chase at Universal City, a Switzerland ski segment, the secret hideout in a mountain and more.

The big question is: Where is Barbara Feldon, who played Agent 99 on the series? Adams was told she turned the movie down, but she later informed him that she wasn't even contacted by the producers, likely because she was 45 at the time and they wanted a younger actress. This was a big mistake. But she returned for the TV movie "Get Smart, Again" in 1989, as well as a failed new Get Smart series in 1995.

If you can forgive the deviances from the show, this is a fun, somewhat amusing parody with a couple of laugh-out-loud scenes (e.g. the magazine at the newsstand). Unfortunately, the director has little eye for women and the flick generally drops the ball in this mandatory area. Still, it works as a comical period piece.

ADDITIONAL ACTORS: Dana Elcar, Norman Lloyd, Bill Dana, Gary Imhoff and Sarah Rush.

The film runs 94 minutes and was shot in at Universal Studios and Griffith Park, Los Angeles, California.


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